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At Desert Mountain, The Grass Truly Is Greener – Changing turf types and maintenance practices means courses are open longer and in better condition

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — With seven golf courses to choose from, the members of Desert Mountain—the exclusive Scottsdale luxury community and private club—are never at a loss for chances to tee it up. But as of this fall, thanks to some changes in the grasses used and maintenance procedures, those courses are greener, more environmentally friendly, and offer more playing experiences than ever.

“All seven of our courses are open and green from November 1 to June 1, which is when the most members are here and the weather is spectacular,” explains Shawn Emerson, Desert Mountain’s Director of Agronomy. “We asked the question, ‘Would our members rather play golf in October or August?’ We decided to switch some of our courses to cool-season grasses so they can play all year-round on the best possible conditions.”

To accomplish that, some of the courses have been re-grassed while others stayed as they were, with a Bermuda grass base. This creates greater variety while allowing alterations to the maintenance schedule, so more courses are open and green at the best times.

It also gives Desert Mountain the distinction of not only having the most golf courses in the Arizona desert, but the greenest courses in the desert, as well. Particularly as the weather gets more comfortable, members return from summer travel, and the golf season gets rolling.

“Until two years ago, all our courses had warm season Bermuda grass fairways and tees, which had to be overseeded in the fall,” said Emerson. “They were all good at the same time, but they also had to go through 30-40 days of transition at the same time during the month of October; arguably …

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